TCOM Anatomical Research: Left Extraacetablar Trochanteric Bursa Abscess




Ewart, Mackenzie
Mohammad, Shanzay
Erickson, Daniel
Platis, Brett
Certeza, Justinne
Powell, Jake
Khan, Fatima
Karnkowska, Basia
Fisher, Cara PhD


0000-0003-2208-5255 (Mohammad, Shanzay)

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Abstract Background: The connections between diseases and their respective symptoms are unique, and often require the study of a multitude of factors. For a large abscess to persist, both the underlying disease and therapy options must permit the chronic progression. For this reason, studies that focus on condition-disease causalities offer important information as to the disease potential of a given region of the human anatomy. In this anatomical research, we studied a rare extra-acetablar trochanteric abscess (to determine condition-disease causality) discovered during the dissection of the left sub-ileum pelvic area of a an elderly female donor. Case Information: This case report was based off of the anatomical findings of an anonymous female donor. The donor’s body presented with an isolated Left Extra-acetabular Trochanteric Bursa Abscess. We hypothesized that: “the extra-acetabular trochanteric bursa abscess may elucidate condition-disease causality of this rare anatomical finding, given the donor’s past medical history and histological findings.” Dissection of the abscess and subsequent histological processing provided insight into a condition that was clearly chronic, unmanaged, and pathological nature. Correlating symptoms were swelling, immobilization at the joint, and severe pain. Conclusions: The anatomical anomaly of an isolated left extra-acetabular trochanteric bursa abscess was confirmed through dissection and histological processing. Numerous studies have confirmed a significant correlation between middle-aged or elderly females and trochanteric bursae. This may be due to the wider pelvis, or to hormonal effects in females. These findings are in accordance with our hypothesis that the prevalence of a rare anatomic bursitis may be explained by a deeper disease causality. A medical history and thorough examination are enough to diagnose trochanteric abscesses, yet it is a diagnosis that is commonly missed - especially in elderly patients. Thus, the data presented in this report provides evidence for the presence of a plausible disease-condition causality to this rare anatomical anomaly, but does not imperially quantify such a finding to the general population. More experiments are required to determine the cause, identity, and prevalence of the extra-acetabular trochanteric bursa abscess in humans. Is your abstract for competition or not for competition? No Research Area Structural Anatomy Presentation Type Poster